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Bar Mitzvah is the Hebrew term for ‘son of the commandment’. It refers to the time from which a Jewish male is obliged to fulfil
Fundamentally, Judaism is a happy and optimistic faith, yet it recognises that there are times when sadness overtakes a person and a process of mourning
According to the Torah every effort must be made to preserve the sacred relationship of marriage: making peace between a husband and wife is considered
In traditional Jewish literature marriage is actually called ‘kiddushin’, which translates as ‘sanctification’ or ‘dedication’. The word ‘sanctification’ indicates that what is happening is not
Pidyon Haben is translated into English as the ‘Redemption of the Firstborn’. In the Book of Numbers 18:15-16 we read: “The first issue of the
Throughout the generations, at the age of eight days, every male child must be circumcised. The Jewish ceremony of circumcision is known as a brit
Naming a child is a chance to bestow an identity upon him or her since every name has a meaning. There are two different customs
Just as the year is punctuated with designated holy days, fasts and feasts, so within Judaism our lives also contain special religious events and rituals
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A humorous collection of new ‘Jewish’ words JEWBILATION n. Pride in finding out that one’s favorite celebrity is Jewish. TORAHFIED n. Inability to remember one’s
Jewish Language Research Center: Jewish Aramaic About.com: What is Aramaic? My Jewish Learning: Jewish Aramaic Learn to Write in Aramaic Script
Arabic, like Hebrew, is a Semitic language, with the two having many words in common. Up to 180 million people speak Arabic as their mother